Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Stories Behind Photos Known; Lindt's Aborigines Named

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Stories Behind Photos Known; Lindt's Aborigines Named

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Byline: GRAHAMORAMS graham.orams@dailyexaminer.com.au

WHO are these people? Who are their descendents? And what are their stories?

These are questions Jude McBean, from Grafton

Regional Gallery, is finally closer to knowing

She was referring to a collection of photographs of Clarence Valley Aborigines taken in the 1870s by German photographer John William Lindt.

That collection is safely in the hands of Grafton Regional Gallery, thanks to the generosity of Darling Point couple Sam and Janet Cullen, who paid $137,000 to stop the photos being sold to an overseas buyer in May 2004.

Last year Clarence Valley Council gave the gallery a grant of $6000, which enabled it to hire researcher Nola Mackey to search for descendents of those in the photographs.

aA couple of the elders of the area, like Robyn Bancroft and Ronnie Heron, invited other elders to come into this research group which represents Aboriginal families in the Clarence Valley who've been here since before European settlement,a Ms McBean said. …

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